Social Studies Courses: 2010-2011

 

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REQUIRED COURSES: 

* The Social Studies Department is currently implementing a three year transitional period.  Traditionally, freshmen have been required to enroll in National and State Government. This course has been moved to 11th grade.  See the Three Year Transition Plans below to see how this will be implemented.
American History II - required for Freshmen **
World History - required for Sophomores
American History - required for Juniors **
 

SOCIAL STUDIES ELECTIVES:

Psychology

US History (Dual Credit)

Economics

Cultural World Geography I and II

Missouri History

Sociology

Intro to Sociology

AP US History

A.P. Comparative Politics

A.P. U.S. Government

Contemporary Issues


Required Courses

 

NATIONAL AND STATE GOVERNMENT

This study will review the roots of American government, the Constitutional Convention, and the writing and ratification of the United States Constitution. During this study, students will take an in depth view of the both the United States and Missouri Constitutions, including the Bill of Rights, amendments, and functions of the three branches of government. The state mandated federal and state constitution exams will be given. Also reviewed will be the basic duties, rights, and responsibilities of all American citizens. A brief introductory survey of general economics will be conducted. General terms, dynamics, and functions of the American economical system will be reviewed. Attention will be given to the impact of our economy to our everyday lives.

 

1/2 Credit     

Prerequisite: None

1 Semester - 1 Period

Grade 11 

Textbook: Civics Today:  Citizenship, Economics, and You

**Effective - 2012-2013 as part of a three year transitional period. All transferring students or students that failed to receive credit prior to the 2010-2011 academic year must complete the year long National and State Government course. 

  

AMERICAN HISTORY II

This course will be a continuation of American History in the years following the Civil War. The course will emphasize Reconstruction, Westward Expansion, Gilded Age, Progressive Era, American Imperialism, World War I, Great Depression and World War II.  American History II will explore the development of the economic, political and social systems of the United States.  

 

1 Credit      Prerequisite: None

2 Semesters - 1 Period

Grade 9 
Text: The American Republic: Since 1877

 

WORLD HISTORY 

This course offers a survey of the early world civilizations, medieval period, renaissance, reformation, and the enlightenment period, age of revolutions, development of the modern nation-states and will conclude with an examination of the major wars of the twentieth century. This world history course includes the study and exploration of major cultures and societies:  the development of the economic, political, religious, and social systems.

 

1 Credit      Prerequisite: None

2 Semesters - 1 Period

Grade 10 

Text: World  History:   The Human Journey

 

AMERICAN HISTORY 

The focus of this course is primarily America in the twentieth century. This study will include those internal and international forces that have shaped the political, economic and social institutions. Contributions for all those peoples who have created the rich heritage of the United States will be explored. 
1 Credit  Prerequisite: None 
Grade 11  2 Semesters - 1 Period 
Text: The American Republic: Since 1877

 

 
   

Social Studies Electives

UNITED STATES HISTORY (DUAL CREDIT)

This is a rigorous study of the history of the 20th Century, with special emphasis on the United States and its interaction with the rest of the world. Course topics will include, but not limited to, the rise of the U.S. international influence, the rise and fall of international Communism, the World Wars, developing nations, and the relationship between the West and the other countries of the World. The successful student in this class will develop the ability to evaluate historical documents and secondary sources, assess the merit of competing historical opinions and interpretations, and coherently express his or her own well-supported opinions both orally and in writing. The course fulfills the 11th grade requirement and may be taken for college credit through Southeast Missouri State University.

1 Credit      Prerequisite: None

2 Semesters - 1 Period

Grades 11-12 
Text:

 

ADVANCED PLACEMENT UNITED STATES HISTORY (Dual Credit with SEMO University)

This course is designed to provide students with the analytical skills and factual knowledge of American History from the Discovery of North America up to the present. Historical themes of diversity, culture, political, social, and economic will be explored. Students will learn to assess and analyze historical materials, and interpret their importance with a comparison to competing historical opinions. Students will be expected to express opinions, written and orally based on researched documentation.

The advanced course will prepare students for intermediate and advanced college courses. Students enrolling in this course will fulfill their junior year Social Studies requirement. Students will also have the options of taking this course as a dual credit course through Southeast Missouri State University, or elect to take the AP Exam as part of the general AP course.

1 Credit      Prerequisite: B- or higher in all Social Studies courses

2 Semesters - 1 Period

Grades 11-12 
Text:

 

CONTEMPORARY ISSUES

This course emphasizes on current news items dealing in the realm of social, political, and economic areas. Students are encouraged to be aware of the world around them. The use of TV, magazines, newspapers, and other reliable sources provide information for students to learn from the news the changes that will affect their lives. Conducted in an informal manner, students will study printed and video media and relay to the class those contemporary news interests that are transforming the nation and the world.

 

1/2 Credit      Prerequisite: None

1 Semester - 1 Period

Grades 11-12 
Text: Newsweek; Southeast Missourian; St. Louis Post Dispatch

 

CULTURAL WORLD GEOGRAPHY I

Cultural World Geography I explores how people of the United States, Canada, Middle/South America, Europe and the former Soviet Union live. This is a study of how location, physical features of the land, climate, and natural resources shape the economy and history of the nation. Religion, ethnic backgrounds, language, and customs of the people are also stressed. Enrichment includes current events, films, and music.

 

1/2 Credit      Prerequisite: None

1 Semester - 1 Period

Grades 10-12 
Text:  World Geography Today

 

CULTURAL WORLD GEOGRAPHY II

Cultural World Geography II explores how people of Middle East, Africa, Asia, Australia and the Pacific islands live. This is a study of how location, physical features of the land, climate, and natural resources shape the economy and history of the nation. Religion, ethnic backgrounds, language, and customs of the people are also stressed. Enrichment includes current events, films, and music. 

1/2 Credit      Prerequisite: None

1 Semester - 1 Period

Grades 10-12 
Text:  World Geography Today

 

ECONOMICS - MACROECONOMICS

This course is the study of the basic concepts of macroeconomics. It provides exposures to the analytical tools that help students understand the impact of economics upon national life. This course covers economics systems, theories, facts about wealth, production and distribution in the United States and other countries.

 

1/2 Credit      Prerequisite: None

1 Semester - 1 Period

Grades 11-12 
Text:

 

MISSOURI HISTORY

The Missouri History course will trace the development of Missouri’s historical, social, and economical culture. Special attention will be given to Missouri’s pivotal role in westward expansion, Cherokee Indian Removal, Civil War, Jesse James, and other personalities influencing Missouri’s history.

 

1/2 Credit      Prerequisite: None

1 Semester - 1 Period

Grades 10-12 
 

 

PSYCHOLOGY

Psychology is the scientific study of human behavior and the application of that knowledge. Students will explore topics ranging from the intellectual foundations of psychology to mental illness. Special attention is given to topics like sleep and dreaming, sensations and perceptions, growth and mental development, learning theory, and personality development.

 

1/2 Credit      Prerequisite: None

1 Semester - 1 Period

Grades 11-12 
Text:

 

SOCIOLOGY

Sociology is the scientific study of human social life. Within the context of the course students will explore the concepts of social class, social mobility, social control, and cultural values. Cultural contrast will also be drawn between societal systems. Modern social problems like crime, the population explosion, and social stratification will also be explored. All class work will be designed to illustrate the organization and developments of human society.

1/2 Credit      Prerequisite: None

1 Semester - 1 Period

Grades 11 & 12 
Text:

 

INTRODUCTION TO SOCIOLOGY

This intro level course will orient students to a general understanding of key sociological terms relevant to their daily lives. The focus of study for this course will be the meaning of sociology, culture, etiquette, values, norms, etc. A variety of instructional activities will be implemented to actively engage students with the knowledge and skills necessary to develop a full understanding of key sociological concepts.

1/2 Credit      Prerequisite: None

1 Semester - 1 Period

Grades 9 & 10
 

 

ADVANCED PLACEMENT U.S. GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS

This class is an advanced study of the U.S. political system. Some examples of course topics are the structure and interpretation of the United States Constitution as well as governmental institutions, foreign policy, the effects of the media, and the influence and structure of political parties. Students will be expected to gather and analyze information from outside readings, daily lectures as well as from the textbook. The willingness to prepare for and participate in class discussions and the ability to coherently express well-supported opinions in writing are also necessary for success in this course. This course is designed to prepare the student for the Advanced Placement U.S. Government and Politics Examination.

1 Credit      Prerequisite: B- or higher in all Social Studies courses

2 Semesters - 1 Period

Grades 10-12 
Text: Government in America – People, Politics, and Policy.

 

ADVANCED PLACEMENT COMPARATIVE GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS (2010-2011)

This course will provide students with a basic understanding of the world’s diverse political structures and practices. It encompasses the study of both specific countries and cultures. The inclusion in this study of developing nation allows the student to examine the political implications of different levels of economic development. Students will be expected to gather and analyze information from outside readings, and the textbook. The willingness to prepare for and participate in class discussions and the ability to coherently express well-supported opinions in writings are also necessary for success in this course. A working knowledge of the U.S. political system is necessary for success in this course of knowledge from which the student may compare other political and governmental systems. This class is designed to prepare the student for the Advanced Placement Comparative Government and Politics exam.

1 Credit      Prerequisite: B- or higher in all Social Studies courses

2 Semesters - 1 Period

Grades 10-12 
Text: Comparative Politics Today – A World View

 

 

Three year Transition Plans: 

 

Year One:  2010-2011

9th grade--American History II

10th grade--World History

11th grade--American History II

*All Recovery/Transfer National and State Government

 

Year Two:2011-2012

9th grade--American History II

10th grade--World History

11th grade--American History II

*All Recovery/Transfer National and State Government

 

Year Three (Full implementation): 2012-2013

9th grade--American History II

10th grade--World History

11th grade—Government (1 semester) or AP US Government/Politics (2 semesters)

11th/12th grade -- Recent U.S. History (1 semester) or Dual Credit Recent U.S. History (1 semester) or AP/Dual Credit U.S. History (2 semesters)

 

Note:  Elective courses will be offered for all grades